Airline Strike Compensation

Due to an increasing number of flights every year, European airlines experience more and more difficulties, and airline staff strikes have become more frequent as well. Your travel plans might get turned upside down in the event of a flight delay or cancellation due to an airline staff strike. If you had a flight within the EU or from the EU or to the EU with an EU-based airline, and your flight got delayed or cancelled due to striking airline staff, then you may be entitled to compensation from €125 to €600 per person.

Check Your Airline Compensation

Several types of strikes can affect flights causing delays and cancellations. However, not all flights affected by strikes are eligible for compensation. For your convenience, we made a list of airline staff strikes. In the list below, you will see if you are eligible for compensation due to a flight delay or cancellation that occurred as a result of an airline staff strike.

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Which airline strike is eligible for compensation?

 

Incident or StrikeDateEC 261How can I get compensated?
Alitalia workers strike in Italy2019 / December 13Not Claimable
easyjet Cancelled 223 Flights Due to Strikes in France2019 / December 5-11Not Claimable
Lufthansa Strike in Germany, November 2019

Eurowings Germanwings Lufthansa Lufthansa Cityline Sunexpress Deutschland
2019 / November 7-8Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Ryanair Cabin Crews Will Hold Strikes Through The Entire September In Spain

Ryanair Spain
2019 / September: 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29Not Claimable
Spanish Pilot Union SEPLA Announced That Ryanair Pilots Will Hold Five Days Of Strikes

Ryanair Spain
2019 / September: 19, 20, 22, 27, 29Not Claimable
Activists Threaten To Fly Drones Over Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-09-13Not Claimable
Iberia Staff Will Strike In Madrid

Iberia Madrid-Barajas Airport Spain
2019-08-30 / 31Not Claimable
British Airways Pilots Strikes On September

British Airways United Kingdom
2019-09-09 / 10Not Claimable
Iberia Ground Crews To Strike In Madrid, Barcelona

Barcelona Iberia Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport
2019-08-24 / 25 & 2019-08-30 / 31Not Claimable
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Will Be Closed For 10 Days

Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Ukraine
From 2019-09-02 until 2019-09-12Not Claimable
Staff At London Heathrow Airport Plans To Strike

London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-08-23 and 2019-08-24Not Claimable
Suspended Strike: Around 200 Workers Plan Strikes On August 22, 24 And 29 At Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport United Kingdom
2019-08-22, 2019-08-24 and 2019-08-29Not Claimable
Ryanair Pilots Call For Strike On August 22-24, September 2-4: Flight Disruptions Expected

Ryanair
2019-08-22 / 23 and 2019-09-02 / 04Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Ryanair Cabin Crew Strike In Portugal

Portugal Ryanair
2019-08-21 / 25Not Claimable
Plane Evacuated At Paris-Orly Airport As Man Onboard With Knife Was Arrested

France Paris-Orly Airport
2019-08-15Not Claimable
All Flights Cancelled At Hong Kong International Airport On August 12 And Over 200 Flights Cancelled On August 13

China Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2019-08-12 & 13Not Claimable
Police Conduct Search At Terminal 2 At Indira Gandhi International Airport After Bomb Threat Call

India Indira Gandhi International
2019-08-12Not Claimable
Norwegian Air Shuttle Flight DY 7115: Metal Fragments Fell From Boeing 787 Near Rome Fiumicino Airport

Flight: DY 7115 Italy Norwegian Air Rome Fiumicino Airport
2019-08-10Not Claimable
Flight Cancellations Reported At Sydney Airport And Melbourne Airport

Australia Melbourne Airport Sydney Airport
2019-08-09Not Claimable
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Delays As Airport Again Faces Refueling Problems: No Gates Available

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Netherlands
2019-08-09Not Claimable
Delays Reported At Lisbon Portela And Porto Airports

Lisbon Portela Airport Porto Airport Portugal
2019-08-08Not Claimable
British Airways Suffers System Issues

British Airways
2019-08-07Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Disruptions Possible After Runway Incident At Saint John Airport

Canada Saint John Airport
2019-08-06Not Claimable
Lille Airport Closed For Runway Repairs

5O6624 5O963 Affected Flights: BJ526 BJ527 BJ558 BJ559 EJU1649 EJU1650 EJU1703 EJU1704 EJU1713 EJU1714 EJU1753 EJU1754 EJU7675 EJU7676 FHY6851 FHY6852 France Lille Airport QS2493 QS2496 QS2497 QS2498 SS7911 TB5231 TB5232 TB5382 TB5513 TB6053 TB6054 TB6161 TB6162 TB6441 TB7211 TB7212 TB7221 TB7222 TB7231 TB7232 ZI783
2019-08-05 & 07Not Claimable
London Heathrow Airport Staff: August 5 & 6 Strikes Were Called Off

London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-08-05 & 6Not Claimable
British Airways Flight BA 422: People Evacuate Off Smoke Filled Aircraft

British Airways Flight: BA 422 Spain Valencia Airport
2019-08-05Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
United Airlines Flight UA 162: Two Pilots Arrested At Glasgow Airport for “Failing Breath Test” Before Flight

Flight: UA 162 Glasgow Airport Scotland United Airlines
2019-08-03Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Ryanair Cabin Crew: Ten Days Strike, Affecting Flights Within Spain

Ryanair Spain
2019-08-01 / 28Not Claimable
Fire Reported At San Francisco International Airport Maintenance Yard

California San Francisco International Airport
2019-07-31Not Claimable
Luggage System Failure Causes Disruptions At Helsinki Airport, Terminal T2

Finland Helsinki Airport
2019-07-29Not Claimable
Traffic Disruptions To / From Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia

Greece Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia
2019-07-29 / 08-01Not Claimable
Iberia Staff Strike At Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Iberia Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport Spain
2019-07-27/28Not Claimable
Called Off: London Heathrow Airport Staff Strike

London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-07-26/27Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Nationwide Aviation Strike In Italy

Italy
2019-07-26Not Claimable
Radar Issue Disrupts Flights At London Heathrow And London Gatwick Airports

London Gatwick Airport London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-07-26Not Claimable
EasyJet Check-In Staff Strike At London Stansted Airport

EasyJet London Stansted Airport United Kingdom
2019-07-25 / 08-27Not Claimable
Delays Reported On Flights Departing From Londo Gatwick Airport Due To Air Traffic Control Issues

London Gatwick Airport United Kingdom
2019-07-22Not Claimable
British Airways Flight BA 2668 From London Gatwick Airport To Marrakesh Menara Airport: Hydraulic Leak, Returned To Gatwick

British Airways Flight: BA 2668 London Gatwick Airport Marrakesh Menara Airport Morocco United Kingdom
2019-07-20Not Claimable
Airplane Refueling Workers Are Planning To Launch Indefinite Weekly Partial Strikes At Madrid-Barajas Airport

Madrid-Barajas Airport Spain
2019-07-18Not Claimable
British Airways Luggage Belt Failures Causing Departure Delays At London’s Heathrow Airport

British Airways London Heathrow United Kingdom
2019-07-18Not Claimable
Lufthansa Flight LH 1411 From Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport To Frankfurt Am Main Airport: Plane Evacuated At Belgrade Airport After Bomb Threat Call

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Flight: LH 1411 Frankfurt Am Main Airport Lufthansa Serbia
2019-07-18Not Claimable
Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-300 At Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Overran Runway On Landing

Belavia Belarusian Airlines Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Ukraine
2019-07-12/13Not Claimable
Flights Resume At Leeds Bradford Airport Following Drone Sighting

Leeds Bradford Airport United Kingdom
2019-07-12Not Claimable
Naxos Island National Airport Closed After Sky Express Airplane Lands In A Ditch

Greece Naxos Island National Airport Sky Express
2019-07-12Not Claimable
London Gatwick Airport: Mass Delays After Power Outage And Air Traffic Controllers Computer Meltdown

London Gatwick Airport United Kingdom
2019-07-10-11Not Claimable
Air Italy Staff Strike

Air Italy Italy
2019-07-10Not Claimable
Aeroflot Cancels Flights From Moscow to Prague

Aeroflot Ch Czechia Moscow Prague Russia
2019-07-03Not Claimable
Czech Authorities Cancel Ural Airlines Flights to Prague

Czech Authorities Czechia Prague Ural Airlines
2019-07-02Not Claimable
Baggage Handlers Strike At Brussels Airport

Belgium Brussels Airport
2019-07-02Not Claimable
SpiceJet Flight Overshoots Runway At Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport India SpiceJet
2019-07-01Not Claimable
Flight Disruptions Caused By A 24 Hours Strike Action In Some Air Transport Sectors (From 00.00 AM June 24)

Italy
2019-06-24Not Claimable
Radar Issue At John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport Caused Flight Delays

John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport Poland
2019-06-24Not Claimable
Air Malta Flight KM 306/7 From Malta International Airport To Munich International Airport Delayed Due To Bird Strike

Air Malta Flight: KM 306/7 Germany Malta Malta International Airport Munich International Airport
2019-06-22Not Claimable
United Airlines Temporarily Suspends Newark Liberty International Airport – Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Flights

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport India Newark Liberty International Airport United Airlines United States
2019-06-20Not Claimable
Temporarily Closure Of Budapest Airport Due To Airport Fault

Budapest Airport Hungary
2019-06-19Not Claimable
Technical Issue Causes Flight Disruptions At Göteborg-Landvetter Airport

Göteborg-Landvetter Airport Sweden
2019-06-19Not Claimable
Flight Operations Temporarily Suspended At Newark Liberty International Airport

New Jersey Newark Liberty International Airport United States
2019-06-15Not Claimable
Kostanay Airport Will Close For Two Months

Kazakhstan Kostanay Airport
2019-06-15Not Claimable
Wizz Air Flight W6 3776 From London Luton Airport To Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport Experiences Bird Strike

Flight: W6 3776London Luton AirportMihail Kogălniceanu International AirportRomaniaWizz Air
2019-06-14Not Claimable
Flight Disruptions Possible At Luxembourg Airport

Luxembourg Luxembourg Airport
From 2019-06-07Not Claimable
Ukrainian Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) Grounds Yan Air Over Safety Concerns

Ukraine Ukrainian Civil Aviation Administration Yan Air
2019-06-07Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Radar Failure At Porto Airport Prevented Airplanes From Flying In Madeira Airport

Madeira Airport Porto Airport Portugal
2019-06-07Not Claimable
Airport Workers Strike In Glasgow Airport And Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport Glasgow Airport Scotland
2019-06-07 & 06-10Not Claimable
Flight Disruptions At Berlin Tegel Airport And Berlin Schönefeld Airport Due To Storm

Berlin Schönefeld Airport Berlin Tegel Airport Germany

2019-06-06Not Claimable
Ryanair Flight FR-4097 From Alicante Airport To Newcastle International Airport: Diverted To Bordeaux Airport Due To Medical Emergency

Alicante Airport Bordeaux Airport Flight: FR-4097 Newcastle International Airport Ryanair
2019-06-06Not Claimable
Flight Disruptions At Frankfurt Am Main Airport Due To Storms

Frankfurt Am Main Airport Germany
2019-06-03Not Claimable
Bomb Threats Across Kharkiv City, Prompting Evacuations, Including Kharkiv International Airport

Kharkiv International Airport Ukraine
2019-06-03Not Claimable
Flight Limitations From 01:30 Until 04:30 (local time) During Maintenance Work At Jorge Chávez Airport

Jorge Chávez Airport Peru
2019-06-01 / 06-15Not Claimable
Oman Air Cancels Around 500 Flights Through May 31: Suspension Of Boeing 737 MAX 8 Planes

Boeing 737 MAX 8 Suspension Oman Air
2019-05-31Not Claimable
Flights Diverted To Valencia Airport After Aircraft Crash At Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport Spain Valencia Airport

2019-05-30Not Claimable
Aerolíneas Argentinas And Latam Cancel All Flights Scheduled For May 29: Nationwide General Strike

Aerolíneas Argentinas Argentina LATAM Airlines
2019-05-29Not Claimable
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Authorities Reduced Capacity On Flights To/From Amsterdam In Order To Minimize The Number Of Passengers Travelling Through Airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Netherlands
2019-05-28Not Claimable
Heavy Wind At Madeira Airport Has Already Diverted 8 Planes

Madeira Airport Portugal
2019-05-26Not Claimable
Transavia France TO-4678: Boeing 737-800 Fuel Leak At Nantes Atlantique Airport

Flight: TO-4678 France Nantes Atlantique Airport Transavia France
2019-05-26Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
LOT Polish Airlines LO-151 From Warsaw Airport (Poland) To Tel Aviv (Israel): Bird Strike, Return Flight Was Cancelled

Flight: LO-151 LOT Polish Airlines Tel Aviv Airport Warsaw Chopin Airport
2019-05-25Not Claimable
EasyJet U2-3043 From London Stansted (UK) To Ibiza (Spain): Bird Strike

EasyJet Flight: U2-3043 Ibiza Airport London Stansted Airport
2019-05-25Not Claimable
Air Caraibes TX-421 From Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) To Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic): Engine Shutdown, Smoke In Cabin

Air Caraibes Flight: TX-421 Pointe-a-Pitre Airport Santo Domingo Airport
2019-05-25Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Security Staff Strike At London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport United Kingdom
2019-05-21 / 06-03Not Claimable
ANAC Suspends Avianca Brasil Operations

Avianca Brasil Brazil
2019-05-24Not Claimable
Sialkot International Airport Closed Until May 24

Pakistan Sialkot International Airport
2019-05-23/24Not Claimable
Security Staff Strike At Luton Airport

London Luton Airport
2019-05-23/06-03Not Claimable
Air Traffic Controllers Strike In Scotland – Update 1

Benbecula Airport Dundee Airport Inverness Airport Scotland Stornoway Airport Sumburgh Airport Wick John O’Groats Airport
2019-05-23Not Claimable
Aviation Unions Indefinite Strike In Nigeria

Nigeria
2019-05-22/05-23Not Claimable
Alitalia And Air Italy Personnel 24 Hour Strike

Italy
2019-05-21Not Claimable
Professional Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Driving Instructors And Ambulance Drivers Protesting Across France: Access To Paris CDG And Paris-Orly Are Blocked

Charles de Gaulle Airport France Paris-Orly Airport
2019-05-20Not Claimable
Avianca Brasil Pilots And Flight Attendants Strike2019-05-17/05-19Not Claimable
Italy: Flight Disruptions Due To Strike

Italy
2019-05-17Not Claimable
Air Namibia Ground Staff Strike

Air Namibia Eros Airport Hosea Kutako Airport
2019-05-16Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: National Union Of Airline Pilots (SNPL) Strike

France
2019-05-14/05-19Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
France: Air Traffic Controllers And Civil Servant Strike

France
2019-05-09Not Claimable
Italy: Flight Disruptions Due To Strike

Italy
2019-05-03Not Claimable
Mega Maldives Airline Ceases Flights Due To Restructuring

Mega Maldives
2019-05-02Not Claimable
France: Air France Staff Strike At Paris Airports

Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris-Orly Airport
2019-05-02Not Claimable
Security Guards Strike At Luton Airport

London Luton Airport
2019-05-01/05Not Claimable
General Strike Of Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM And Other Airlines

Aerolíneas Argentinas LATAM Airlines
2019-04-30Not Claimable
Danish, Sweden And Norwegian SAS Airlines Strike

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
2019-04-26/05-02Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Hundreds Of Baggage Handlers And Ground Staff Strike At London Gatwick And Luton Airport

London Heathrow London Luton Airport
2019-04-26/05-03Not Claimable
Suspended Strike: Air Traffic Controllers Strike In Scotland

Benbecula Airport Dundee Airport Inverness Airport Scotland Stornoway Airport Sumburgh Airport Wick John O’Groats Airport
2019-04-26Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
France: Customs Agent Strike At Lyon Airport

France Lyon Airport
2019-04-25Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: ~60,000 Airport Workers Strike – Update 1

Spain
2019-04-24Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Norwegian Air Crew Members Strike At Paris Airport

Charles de Gaulle Airport Norwegian Air
2019-04-24/26Not Claimable
France: SNFC And Air France Strike

Air France Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris-Orly Airport
2019-04-23/24Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: Air Nostrum Multiple 24 Hour Strikes

Air Nostrum
2019-04-22/24Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: ~60,000 Airport Workers Strike

Spain
2019-04-21Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
France: National Public Sector Strike

France
2019-04-19Not Claimable
Air Corsica: Aviation Union Starts Indefinite Strike

Air Corsica
2019-04-19Not Claimable
Suspended Strike: Glasgow Airport Staff Members Holds 24 Hours Strike Due To Salary Issues

Glasgow Airport
2019-04-16Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Tunisair Airline Staff Strike

Tunis-Carthage Airport Tunisair
2019-04-15Not Claimable
Avianca Brasil Cancels 50 Scheduled Daily Flights Due To Recent Judicial Ruling In Bankruptcy Case

Avianca Brasil
2019-04-15Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: Air Nostrum Multiple 24 Hour Strikes

Air Nostrum
2019-04-15/17Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Italy: Milan Area Airports Staff Strike

Bergamo Airport Malpensa Airport Milan Linate Airport
2019-04-13Not Claimable
Airport Security Staff Strike At Madrid Airport

Madrid-Barajas Airport
2019-04-12Not Claimable
Flybe Cancels A Number Of Regional Flights Due To Operational Reasons

Flybe
2019-04-03Not Claimable
Denmark: Baggage Handlers Strike

Copenhagen Airport
2019-04-01Not Claimable
WOW air: End Of Operation

WOW air
2019-03-28Not Claimable
Tunisair staff, ATC and Civil Aviation Strikes At Tunis-Carthage Airport

Tunis-Carthage Airport Tunisair
2019-03-28/30Not Claimable
Brussels Airport Heavy Disruptions Due To ATC Industrial Actions

Brussels Airport
2019-03-28Not Claimable
Brussels and Antwerp Airports Disruptions Due To Strikes

Antwerp Airport Brussels Airport
2019-03-27Not Claimable
Germany And Austria ATC Disruptions

Austria Germany
2019-03-25Not Claimable
Unions Representing Aviation Workers Strike

Italy
2019-03-25Not Claimable
Air Traffic Controllers Strike In France

France
2019-03-18/20Not Claimable
Ground Staff Strike At Hamburg Airport

Hamburg Airport
2019-03-14Not Claimable
Air Traffic Controllers Strike In Belgium

Belgium
2019-03-12/13Not Claimable
Italy Nationwide Public Transportation Strike

Italy
2019-03-08Not Claimable
Suspended Strike: Baggage Handlers Strike At London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport
2019-03-3/10Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Finland: Third Air Traffic Controller Strike

Finland
2019-02-23-25Not Claimable
Cancelled Strike: Air Traffic Controllers Strike At Pristina Airport

Pristina Airport
2019-02-23/24Claimable In Some CasesClaim Now
Demonstrations And Marches Nationwide

Slovakia
2019-02-21Not Claimable
Transportation Disruptions Due To Amid General Strike

Catalonia Region Spain
2019-02-21Not Claimable
Bhopal Airport Workers Strike

Bhopal Airport
2019-02-20Not Claimable
Kosovo Air Traffic Controllers Strike

Kosovo
2019-02-15Not Claimable
24-Hour Airport Ground Staff Strike Across The Country

Italy
2019-02-15Not Claimable
Unions Call For General Strike

Belgium
2019-02-13Not Claimable
Strikes at Düsseldorf & Hannover Airports

Düsseldorf Hannover Airport
2019-02-07Not Claimable
Basel Airport Flights Cancelled Due To An Unexpected Strike By French ATC

Basel Airport
2019-02-05/06Not Claimable
Flights Cancelled Due To Hamburg Ground Staff Strike

Hamburg Airport
2019-02-04Not Claimable
Finland: Second Air Traffic Controller Strike

Finland
2019-01-29Not Claimable
Air Italy, Alitalia, Vueling Staff National Strike

Air Italy Alitalia Vueling
2019-01-28Not Claimable
Tunisia: Nationwide General Strike

Tunisia
2019-01-17Not Claimable
Germany: Airport Security Strike

Germany
2019-01-17Not Claimable
Germany: Nationwide Security Staff Strike

Germany
2019-01-15Not Claimable
Third Ryanair Cabin Crew Strike In Spain

Ryanair Spain
2019-01-13Not Claimable
Air Traffic Controllers Strike In Italy Nationwide

Italy
2019-01-11Not Claimable
Second Ryanair Cabin Crew Strike In Spain

Ryanair Spain
2019-01-10Not Claimable
Security Staff Strike At Several Germany Airports

Cologne Bonn Düsseldorf Germany Stuttgart
2019-01-10Not Claimable
Ryanair Cabin Crew Strike In Spain

Ryanair Spain
2019-01-08Not Claimable
Air France Strike at Marseille Provence Airport

Air France Marseille Provence
2019-01-07Not Claimable
Air Traffic Controllers Strike In Helsinki

Finland
2019-01-04Not Claimable
Virgin Atlantic Flight Delays Due To Strike

Virgin Atlantic
2019-01-04/07Not Claimable
Flight Disruptions Due To Berlin Airports Strike

Berlin Schönefeld Berlin Tegel
2019-01-07Not Claimable

Claiming compensation for a delayed or cancelled flight caused by an airline strike

You may be entitled to up to €600 in compensation due to a strike if:

  • The reason for the flight delay or cancellation was the result of an airline staff strike.
  • Due to the strike, you arrived at your final destination 3 or more hours later than planned.
  • The airline cancelled your flight but informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days in advance.
  • Your flight departed or had to depart from the EU or arrive in the EU (but in the latter case, the carrier has to be an EU-based airline).
  • Your flight reservation was confirmed.
  • Your flight was delayed or cancelled due to a strike within the last 3 years.
  • The airline offered you an alternative flight and you arrived 3 or more hours later than was originally planned.

How do I know if it was an airline strike?

An airline strike involves airline employees that include pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers, and other employees working directly for the airline. If your flight was delayed because of and airline staff strike and you arrived at your final destination 3 or more hours later, you may be eligible for compensation. Also, if the airline cancelled your flight because of an airline staff strike but informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days before departure, then you also eligible for compensation and can get anywhere from €250 to €600 in compensation.

EU air passenger rights are defined under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. According to this regulation, if your flight got delayed or cancelled and the airline is responsible for it, then each passenger can receive compensation. The same applies if your flight got delayed or cancelled due to an airline staff strike for which you may also be eligible for compensation.

In 2018, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that an airline staff strike is the responsibility of the airline since the airline is accountable for the actions of their employees. Therefore, in the event, a flight is disrupted due to an airline employee strike, the airline is obligated to compensate their clients.

Therefore, If your flight was delayed or cancelled due to an airline staff strike within the last 3 years, you can choose the best flight claims management company for you from our list and file a compensation claim.

When can’t I receive compensation due to an airline staff strike?

You are not eligible for compensation if the strike was organized by airport employees, which include:

  • Airport security staff strikes.
  • Baggage handler strikes.
  • Air traffic management staff strikes.
  • Strikes caused by political unrest.

The aforementioned strikes are regarded as extraordinary circumstances because airlines have no control over them. Extraordinary circumstances are situations that resulted in or reasons for delayed or cancelled flights that are not under the airlines’ control. Hence, airlines cannot do anything to prevent them even if they take reasonable measures to avoid them. Therefore, in such cases, airlines are not responsible for delays or cancellations.

How can I find out if I can get compensation due to an airline staff strike?

The quickest and easiest way to check if you are eligible for compensation is to use the compensation calculator of any flight claims management company listed on our website. Select a claims company, fill in your flight details on their website and you will know if you are eligible and how much you might get. Alternatively, you do this on our website by clicking the link below.

Check Your Airline Compensation

What compensation amount due to an airline staff strike can I get?

Several factors affect the amount of compensation you might get. You may get anywhere from €125 to €600 if your flight got delayed or cancelled and you reached your final destination much later than originally planned.

Cancelled flight compensation due to an airline staff strike

As previously mentioned, airline staff strikes can lead to your flight getting cancelled, which makes you eligible for compensation provided that they informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days before departure. The compensation amount you may receive depends on the flight length and how late you were until you reached your destination airport. See the table below to see what compensation amount may receive.

Less than 2 hours2 – 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€125€250€250€250€2501,500 km or less
€200€200€400€400€400Internal EU flights more than 1,500 km
€200€200€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€300€300€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights more than 3,500 km

Alternatively, you can enter your flight details into our free, user-friendly compensation calculator and you will know what compensation amount you may get.

Delayed flight compensation due to an airline staff strike

If your flight gets delayed for more than 3 hours, you may be eligible for compensation from €250 to €600, depending on delay time and overall flight distance. See the table below to see what compensation amount may receive.

Less than 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€0€250€250€250 Less than 1,500 km
€0€400€400€400Internal EU flights more than 1,500 km
€0€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€0€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights more than 3,500 km

Alternatively, you can enter your flight details into our free, user-friendly compensation calculator and you will know what compensation amount you may get.

Denied boarding compensation due to an airline staff strike

In addition to your flight getting cancelled or delayed, you may also be denied boarding your flight due to an overbooked flight while the airline staff is on a strike. Therefore, you may also be eligible if you were denied boarding. Find out more about overbooked flight compensation here.

What are my air passenger rights in the event of an airline staff strike?

If your flight got cancelled, you have certain rights, such as the right to care services, meaning that the airline has to provide you with certain services.

Right to care

According to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, if your flight got cancelled, delayed or overbooked, then depending on how long you have to wait, airlines have to provide you with certain amenities that include the following:

  • Food and refreshments while you wait for your flight.
  • Access to 2 phone calls, faxes, and emails.
  • Overnight accommodation at a hotel and transport from and to the airport.

Can I rebook my flight?

Yes, you can. If your flight was cancelled or delayed for more than 5 hours, you can abandon your flight and ask the airline to refund your ticket price. You also have the right to opt for an alternative flight to your destination, if the airline offers it.

Can I get compensated for flight disruptions that occurred due to an airline staff strike in the past?

The European Court of Justice decided that the ruling that airline staff strikes are not extraordinary circumstances is retrospective. This means that flights affected by airline strikes that occurred no more than 3 years ago are eligible compensation under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. Therefore, for example, if your flight was affected by the Ryanair strike of 2018, you may be entitled to compensation if your flight was delayed or cancelled.

What should I do to get compensated for flight disruption due to an airline staff strike?

You can demand the airline to compensate you, but they will likely avoid doing that. Furthermore, it may be time-consuming as some airlines tend to drag on this as much as they can. A faster and hassle-free alternative is to have a flight claims management company to take care of everything for you. All you have to do is provide them with the necessary flight details and the claims company will take care of the paperwork, contact the airline, and represent you in court (if necessary).

Check what compensation amount due to an airline strike you can get with our compensation calculator.

Choose the best flight claims management company from our list and file your claim.